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2020 Apr 21

BMC Musculoskelet Disord



Quality of life in chronic musculoskeletal symptomatic Chilean population: secondary analysis of National Health Survey 2009-2010.


Mena-Iturriaga M J, Mauri-Stecca M V, Sizer PS, Leppe J
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Apr 21; 21(1):262.
PMID: 32316950.


Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is defined as the patient's perception of their health status. HRQoL can be modified by illnesses, treatments or social and health policies. Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a modifying factor of HRQoL that leads to lower quality of life, elevated suffering and disability. Knowing HRQoL in subjects reporting chronic musculoskeletal symptoms (cMSS), like pain, discomfort or swollenness lasting more than 3 months, will provide information to health teams and organizations engaged in the Chilean health system. This study aim was to determine the relationship between HRQoL and musculoskeletal symptoms measured in three different Chilean groups: [1] without symptoms; [2] with acute symptoms; and [3] with cMSS.